The District # 3 Lawmaker delivered the report on March 5, 2016 in Savlahun Town, Tahamba Clan, Kolahun District. During the official presentation, Rep. Massaquoi apologized to members of his District for delivering the report late, adding that he was among the few Lawmakers that were asked by the Speaker to stay and perform what he described as Special Legislative functions during the December break.
Briefly outlining some of the core functions of the Lower House, Rep. Massaquoi reported that the Legislature hosted 90 sessions during the period under review. Of the 90 sessions, he stated that there were 59 regular sessions, 15 Executive Sessions, one Special session, 13 Extra-Ordinary sessions, and two Extraordinary Executive/secret sessions.
He added that during this period, there were 73 regular and executive sessions. Of the 73 regular and executive sessions, he reported that he attended 63 sessions, and was absence from 8 of the sessions based on what he referred to as official tangible excuse.
“We attended 63 of the 73 regular and executive sessions and we were absent from 8 with official excuses”, he said.
He disclosed that, he did not attend 2 of the 73 sessions during the period under review because of what he described as very tedious and unavoidable family engagements.
“It may interest you to know that out of the 73 sessions, we were only absent from 2 and our absences was due to reason beyond our control, the soft talking District # 3 lawmaker emphasized.
During separate interviews with newsmen, Rep. Massaquoi apologized to his people for missing the 2 sessions and promised to take corrective measures aimed at preventing him from missing future sessions.
He also reported that a total of 80 bills were introduced in the House of Representative. Out of the 80 bills, the Lofa County District #3 Lawmaker said 43 bills were passed into law.
Regarding oversight, Rep. Clarence Massaquoi informed his people that his office continue to serve as Chairperson on the Contracts, Monopolies, Public Procurement and Concessions Committee, which he said is charged with the responsibility of making sure that government procurement processes are in line with established procedures.
Highlighting his office personal initiatives, Hon. Massaquoi said his office continue to remain engaged with members of his constituency. He revealed during the fourth sitting, his office carried out key legislative projects, and worked with other colleagues in the Executive Branch to undertake critical life impacting projects.
The young Representative reported that in spite of the Ebola Crisis, he worked with communities to plan and implement community initiatives, adding that, his office supported initiatives that covered school, town hall, maternal and child health, guest house projects and women’s empowerment interventions.
He used the occasion to inform his people that the Government of Liberia through a joint efforts initiative has secured the initial funding for the construction of phase 1 of the Gbarnga to Mendikorma Road, which he said starts from Gbarnga to Kornia. He noted that efforts were underway to source additional funding for the remaining stretch of the road which runs from Kornia to Mendikorma.
In total, Representative Massaquoi reported that his community based initiative had what he called positive impact on 31 communities in his district.
In closing, the Lofa County District #3 Representative recommended the hosting of quarterly meeting of all District officials including NGOs to review activities in the district and that at the same time take measures aimed at mitigating trouble.
He said his recommendation is for citizens within his district to take ownership of security when UNMIL shall have left Liberia by June of this year.
Meanwhile, Rep. Clarence Massaquoi has called on the young people of his district to show respect to the chiefs and elders while they discharge their official duties as officials of the Gbandi Chiefdom.